A man with a child in a stroller stops to view the auditorium structure of the Niemeyer Center, a cultural complex designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the day before its inauguration.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ELOY ALONSO / REUTERSLink
A woman signs a book of condolences beside a wax figure of Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra, one of her most famous film roles, at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood.
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A model shows a creation from the LANCY 2011-12 autumn-winter collection during China Fashion Week.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JASON LEE / REUTERSLink
People cross the 200-year-old Tai Ping Bridge as part of an annual tradition in Sichuan province, throwing old clothes and coins into the water to seek happiness and health.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: REUTERSLink
French and Kingdom of Libya flags are painted on the face of a protester during a demonstration in support of Western airstrikes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUHAIB SALEM / REUTERSLink
An Old Guard bugler performs during a group burial service at Arlington National Cemetery for the 11 recently discovered bodies of World War II airmen missing in action since 1943.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HYUNGWON KANG / REUTERSLink
Comedian Barto performs during a rehearsal of the new Swiss National Circus Knie show east of Zurich before the start of the circus' 2011 European tour.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARND WIEGMANN / REUTERSLink
Men on horseback compete in Buzkashi, or goat dragging, a traditional Central Asian horse-mounted sport, outside the Tajik capital.
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Polar bear cubs Gregor and Aleut and their mother, Vera, explore their enclosure at the Tiergarten zoo. The two cubs were born Dec. 16 and left their breeding burrow for the first time on Wednesday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAVID EBENER / DPALink
Revelers dance as they are splashed with colored water during a procession for the Rangapanchami festival in Madhay Pradesh. The festival is celebrated on the fifth day after the Holi festival.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SANJEEV GUPTA / EPALink
Members of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment ride along the Mall in central London.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TOBY MELVILLE / ReutersLink
A Chinese policeman shows off his rifle during an open-house event in Beijing. Crime rates have risen steadily in China since the country began opening up three decades ago.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFPLink
Members of an Indonesian police anti-terrorism squad storm a train as a woman with her son walk by during a drill at a train station in East Java.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Trisnadi / Associated PressLink
Carle Brenneman of Canada leads a heat during the women's Snowboard-Cross FIS World Cup in Switzerland.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALESSANDRO DELLA BELLA / KeystoneLink
Damian Zielinski of Poland competes in the qualifying session of the men's sprint event during the Track Cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn, in central Netherlands.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETER DEJONG / Associated PressLink
A demonstrator tries to protect himself from a police water cannon during a demonstration outside an EU summit in Brussels. European leaders hope to approve what they see as a comprehensive solution to the instability of the euro.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Geert Vanden Wijngaert / Associated PressLink
An Italian policeman, right, directs people who fled the unrest in Tunisia after their arrival at the southern Italian island of Lampedusa. Almost 15,000 people have landed in Lampedusa since the beginning of the year, according to Interior Minister Roberto Maroni, exacerbating Italian fears that the upheavals in North Africa could unleash a wave of clandestine arrivals.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALESSANDRO BIANCHI / ReutersLink
A South Korean army K1A1 tank fires smoke shells during a live-fire drill in Pocheon, northeast of Seoul. South Korea launched a major live-fire drill near its tense border with North Korea in a show of strength marking the first anniversary of the sinking of one of its warships.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DONG-A ILBO / AFPLink
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